St.  Ann and Mary
The Church of Saint Ann
"The Little Church That Could...and DID"

West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Parish Office: 508-586-4880


A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The Church of Saint Ann

The Church of Saint Ann -Events
REFLECTIONS - THIS WEEK'S THOUGHT - The Fifth Sunday of Lent
We are entering the last full week of Lent.

We will soon be given the opportunity to enter the mystery of Christ's death and Resurrection.

May we be open to receive the grace Our Lord is offering us at this time.
FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION
This Wednesday, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation when the Son of God was conceived and made man, the day on which the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God. We commerate this event when we pray the Angelus.
Blue BucketLENTEN JOURNEY
The scriptures remind us that Lent is the time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Perhaps you could leave an offering in the blue buckets located at the three door of the Church or leave a non-perishable donation to the Food Pantry on the racks in the back of the Church. Saint Vincent dePaul members are very grateful to you for your support.
Holy WeekHOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday - regular weekend Mass schedule - Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (Palms will be blessed at each Mass)

Monday & Tuesday - Mass at 9:00 a.m.

Holy Thursday - Mass of the Last Supper at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Service at 5:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday - Mass at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & an additional Mass at 12:00 p.m. noon.
Good Friday Blood DriveANNUAL GOOD FRIDAY BLOOD DRIVE
The Annual Good Friday Blood Drive will be held in the Parish Center on Friday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the CrossSTATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations Of The Cross will be prayed at Saint Basil's Chapel on the grounds of Bridgewater State University, 122 Park Avenue in Bridgewater at 6:30 p.m. all Fridays during Lent.
CrossFASTING and ABSTINENCE during Lent

Fasting - Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday (February 18) and Good Friday (March3) are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs; but, eating between meals is not permitted. Liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

Abstinence - Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday, February 18 and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be taken at all.

Easter Egg HuntEASTER EGG HUNT
An Easter Egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Ann's Parish Center for pre-school through 4th grade. There will be prizes. Please bring a basket for your child to put the eggs in.
INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHURCH
The construction project on the interior of the Church is progressing well, and it is anticipated to be completed by March 16.
SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
SVDP
Ocassionaly, we will receive an emergency call from a resident who has no fuel and cannot afford a delivery. If the caller is financially elligible, we will arrange a delivery. Sometimes the system needs to be "primed". If a Parishioner has experience in priming oil furnaces and is willing to help us our, please leave your name and phone number with the Parish office.
HandicappedHANDICAPPED SEATING
The front row on both sides of the aisle has been designated as a reserved section directly in front of the altar. There is room for both the caretaker as well as the handicapped person. Holy Communion will be given to them first. It is hoped that this seating arrangement will provide better visibility and allow for greater participation in the Mass giving the elderly the respect that they so deserve.
LITERATURE RACK
Literature RackThere is a literature rack in the back of the Church which contains reading materials that may be of interest to you. If you wish, you may keep the publication or return them to the literature rack the following week for someone else to read. Some of these are replaced weekly and others monthly. There is no fee for these publications. Please take home a "Pilot".
SAINT ANN'S PRAYER WALL
With the beginning of the new Liturgical year, the first Sunday of Advent, the prayer wall will be updated. This will create space for new special intentions. Some people may have to place a prayer card a second time.
GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION
The Parishioners of Saint Ann's Parish have contributed $37,600. to the Grand Annual Collection.
BaptizedNEWLY BAPTIZED:
The Parish of Saint Ann's would like to welcome the following newly baptized child:

Edward Francis Finn V

Nora Colette Nilsson
Nora Grace Stipkovich

Luca Arturo Perez


We would also like to congratulate their parents and Godparents.
ST. ANN'S PRAYER LINE....God is just a prayer away..
Prayer LineTo request prayers from members of Saint Ann’s Prayer Line for yourself, another person, or for a special intention, please call Bette Lindberg - 508.584.2422 or Tom Maloney - 508.279.1446. Additional volunteers are needed to join the "telephone tree" of the Prayer Line. Also, the start up of an "e-mail tree" is in the process of being established in addition to the "telephone tree". A simple phone call or an e-mail is all that is required to pass on information for people requesting prayers for special intentions.
SAINT VINCENT de PAUL CLOTHING BIN
There are new barrels for you to separate cans, plastic, and glass on the platform at the rear of the Parish Center. They may also be brought to Shoe City Redemption Center at 1250 West Chestnut St. in Brockton. Please ask that the money be deposited in the Saint Vincent dePaul account.
USED CELL PHONES NEEDED
Brockton Family & Community Resources would like donations of used cell phones to benefit their emergency safe home program. Please leave the cell phones in the box at the back of the Church.
FATHER MCDONAGH
Contact information for Father McDonagh is listed below for anyone who wishes to keep in contact with him.

Home Address: 5705 Crooked Stick Way Sparks NV 89436

E-mail Address: westbridg103@yahoo.com
RENEWING THE RITUAL OF "BRINGING UP THE GIFTS" FOR MASS
The practice of "bringing up the gifts" is being reinstated at Saint Ann's. You or your family may participate at any Mass or an ordinary Sunday or request a special day such as a birthday, anniversary, or a special intention for a loved one who has passed. You may contact one of the following members:

Maria Baker - 508-588-2015 - fbaker6550@yahoo.com
Louise Domingos - 508-586-8458 - louisesunday@comcast.net
FOOD PANTRY - The cupboards are empty
The following items are needed at the West Bridgewater Food Pantry:

relish                                        cookies                                tea
peanut butter                         ketchup                             canned spaghetti
pudding                                   coffee/tea                           cranberry sauce
jelly/jam                                  mustard                             macaroni and cheese
ketchup                                    pasta                                   white and chunk tuna
snacks                                      boxed cereals                     canned fruits
broth                                        gravy                                   canned carrots
mayonnaise                             canned peas                      chicken noodle soup
tomato soup                            baked beans                       cake mix
stuffing                                     frostings                             brownie mix
boxed potatoes                        jell-o                                    salad dressings
cooking oil                                flour                                    bottled juice
sugar                                        canned ravioli                  dish detergents
pancake syrup                        pancake mix                      flavored rice mixtures
canned green beans

The cupboards are empty. Please continue your generosity. There are many families in need of assistance.

Juices, baked beans, spaghetti sauce, brownie mix, cookies cereal, condiments, pasta, and white meat tuna are especially needed.

, The Food Pantry is located at the Spring Street School and is open the first & third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days which are the first and third Wednesday of the month. If you are able to volunteer, please call Calvin at the Food Pantry at 508.559.6569.


SODA CANS AND BOTTLES

THIS IS NO LONGER A DROP OFF SITE FOR RECYCLED BOTTLES AND CANS!!!
You may bring them directly to AARC at 1250 West Chestnut Street in Brockton. It is on the left-hand side at the second intersection with traffic lights after you drive under Route 24. It is the last building on the left at that intersection. Simply tell the staff, they are for Saint Ann's account. They will credit the amount. The money is used by Saint Vincent dePaul to assist the needy of the Parish. THANK YOU!
DEFIBULATOR
A shelving unit has been installed at the rear of the Church to house the new defibrillator which was so generously donated by one of our Parishioners. The shelving was made and donated by another Parishioner.
NURSES' REFERENCE TABLE
There is information on many health issues on the nurse's reference table in the back of the Church. Please take home any flyers that are of interest to you.

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